Valentine’s day is the perfect excuse to let yourself find joy in cheesy, romantic things. We’ve put together a list of songs that help you feel that joy—and you don’t have to be in love to fall in love with these songs.
Even if you’re bitter about romantic love, these songs are so great, we encourage you to put aside your issues and just enjoy the pure pop perfection of some of the music. It might be easier than you think!
While this reality star’s on-and-off-screen antics can be questionable, there’s no denying she has an eye for solid pop music. One of her songs that proves this is the midtempo “Blackout” from her 2010 debut. The song is not only a total summer jam, but a pretty sweet love song. “Let’s get invisible, boy and if you want to / Go somewhere no one can find us / We can get out of here,” the star sings over the breezy electro beat.
This song is known for it’s infamous no-budget video that features Heidi frolicking on the beach in a bikini (i.e., our dream life). Check it out below.
J. Lo is no stranger to love—the star has been married four times and has had a number of other high-profile romances, including her infamous relationship with Ben Affleck. It makes sense that she called her 2011 comeback album, “Love?” While the album has it’s bittersweet moments (like the powerful “What is Love?” and the autobiographical “One Love”), there are also several sweet moments (the summer jam “I’m Into You” or the epic “Until It Beats No More”). The upbeat sound of “Run the World,” however, makes this song irresistibly sweet.
Check out the video for one of our other faves from “Love?” below.
This track, from the icon’s 25th studio album, rivals her 1998 smash “Believe” when it comes to electropop jams. The upbeat synths, along with Cher’s signature powerhouse vocals, make this song an instant pick-me-up. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to jump on your bed, with the song on full blast, and sing along, “Time after time, you bring me up when I’m down … I still believe in love.”
Check out the video for another one of our faves from this disc, one of the (many) universal love songs from the album, below.
Remember when the girl who makes those awesome shoes they sell at Macy’s used to be a pop star? Yeah, we don’t really, either. But she was! And she was pretty good at it, too. This song, from her third album “In This Skin,” is one of her best. With a sweet melody and lyrics about having hope that love will find you (“I can really see us having babies / Walking through the park and being lazy / And I think that’s just the way it’s gonna be”), this song is one of the star’s most irresistible.
She has other great love songs, too, like the top-21 teen pop jam “I Think I’m In Love With You” and her signature song “With You,” which has an adorable video. Check it out below.
10: Katy Perry – Hummingbird Heartbeat Teenage Dream is a flawless album—“oh my God, no exaggeration” (to quote the star herself). The album’s five chart-topping singles are only the beginning. “Hummingbird Heartbeat,” an album cut which should have gotten the single treatment, is one of the album’s standouts. With an 80s lite-rock vibe, powerful vocals from Katy and adorable lyrics (“You give me that hummingbird heartbeat / The taste of your honey is so sweet”), the song is the kind of pure pop perfection that Katy has become known for.
The album is full of sweet love songs. Check out the racy video for the title track below.
Paris Hilton’s debut album was a pretty solid effort. While most of the best tracks were singles (like the album opener “Turn It Up” and feel-good, ode-to-cheating “Nothing in This World”), there are some hidden gems on the disc. “Heartbeat” is one of those gems. Magical synths and what sounds like an actual heartbeat accompany Paris’ vocals. Add a great hook (“With you I feel the other half of my heartbeat / I’m complete”) and you’ve got a song that rivals any chart topper from most other pop stars.
Check out the video for the album’s first single below.
Christina Aguilera has had a lot of ups-and-down lately but this song, from her latest release “Lotus,” is one of the star’s high points. “Let There Be Love” is pure electro-pop magic. Christina’s vocals are as powerful and soulful as ever and the hook is undeniable. “Let there be love / Here in the dark,” the star sings over the pounding drums and synths.
Jewel rose to fame in the late 90s with bittersweet acoustic tracks, like “Foolish Games” and one of her biggest hits “You Were Meant for Me.” This single, from her 2008 album “Perfectly Clear,” features a more optimistic outlook but retains the signature guitar-driven sound that made her famous. The song features lyrics about taking a risk for the sake of love. “We have heaven to win and hell to lose / And the difference is up to me and you,” the singer-songwriter croons on the track.
The video is even more romantic than the song. Check it out below—and keep an eye out for the powerful ending.
This song marked Kerli’s 180-degree transformation from the creepy pseudo-goth of her 2007 debut “Love Is Dead” to a peppier, pure-pop sound. While we love dark Kerli, we love this livelier side to the Estonian singer as well. “Zero Gravity” describes the light-as-air, butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling you feel when you’re in love. “You’ve got me feeling weightless / I’m in zero gravity,” the star sings over the ethereal beat.
The song is a masterpiece—and so is the video, which you can check out below.
Britney is mostly known for her hot dance floor anthems like “Toxic” and “Till the World Ends,” but the pop princess has some great love songs in her catalog. Weirdly, one of her sweetest moments comes from her third album “Britney”—which marked a departure for the star as she moved into a sexier image and sound. “That’s Where You Take Me” is an ambient midtempo that, like Kerli’s “Zero Gravity,” expresses the light-as-a-feather feeling associated with romance. “All things fall into place / My heart it feels so safe / With you I get so high / Lost in the crystal skies / You are my melody / That’s where you take me,” Britney sings over the shimmering instrumental.
Britney’s also had more bittersweet songs about love. Check out the gorgeous video for her 1999 single, “Born To Make You Happy,” below.
Lady Gaga’s 2011 album was all about being “Born This Way,” but this track, from the deluxe edition of the album, featured Gaga singing about being “born to be his.” The song features a high-energy, danceable beat over which Gaga belts declarations of love. “I’m seeing all the signs from above / I’m gonna’ be the one that he loves,” she sings over the upbeat track.
This track, from Selena’s 2010 effort “A Year Without Rain,” is one of the album’s standouts. The ambient track features soaring synths over which the starlet sings, “A thousand church bells ringing / I can hear the angels singing / When you call my name / Your love is off the chain.” Who can resist a song with lyrics that sweet?
The album’s title track is just as sweet. And the video is breathtaking! Check it out below.
Known for her sweet debut single “Candy,” Mandy Moore’s music career faded shortly after the release of the song, but not before she made her transition to actress. Mandy made her film debut in the Nicholas Sparks romance “A Walk to Remember.” The film’s soundtrack features a few songs by the teen star, including this one, which perfectly captures the mood of the epic romance. “It’s Gonna’ Be Love” features hopeful lyrics about finding love. “It’s gonna’ be love, it’s gonna’ be great,” the star sings on the track. Mandy looks forward to love knowing, “It’s gonna’ be sad, It’s gonna’ be true / It’s gonna’ be hard, It’s gonna’ be rough.” This appreciation of the good and bad sides of love is beautiful, and rings surprisingly true for a teen pop song.
Mandy has a number of sugary-sweet pop songs under her belt. Check out the video for one of our other faves below.
Kylie is known in the US mostly for her smash hit, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head.” While that is no doubt a classic, one of our faves from the same album (2002’s “Fever”) is the third single, “Love at First Sight.” The song features a super-danceable beat and sweet lyrics about how it feels to find love. “Everything went from wrong to right / And the stars came out to fill up the sky,” the Australian pop star sings on the track.
Check out the video for the song below.
Do you have any love songs that restore your faith in love? Let us know in the comments below!
Eve is a twenty-five year old trans woman and writer, and the founder of LGBTeen. She enjoys writing about pop culture, feminism, LGBT issues — and her lived experiences. You can view her writing on LGBTeen and on her personal blog, Original Woman.